Being camera shy is perfectly normal! If we had a £1 for every time a couple has told us they ‘aren’t the most comfortable in front of the camera’… and, we totally get it! We don’t particularly enjoy being in front of the camera either so that’s why we provide relaxed wedding photography and pride ourselves on helping couples to feel at ease in front of the camera and hopefully by the end of our time together, maybe even enjoy it!
Here are some of our top tips to help banish those nerves:
The key to relaxed wedding photography is to keep moving!
During our couples portrait sessions, very rarely do we start with static portraits. Instead, we tend to ask our couples to go for a wander over there, have a chat and ENJOY each other’s company as newlyweds! By taking the focus away from the camera and onto you guys enjoying yourself, it’s amazing how quickly you forget there is someone there snapping away.
We’ll always be on hand to offer gentle prompts and guidance to ensure we get a variety of beautiful images, keeping a healthy balance of documentary and fine art wedding photography.
Keep it short and sweet!
We know how much you want to be enjoying your day with your nearest and dearest; that’s why we promise not to tear you away from them for hours on end! We keep our portrait sessions short and sweet, maybe ten minutes here and there, spread throughout your day (maybe a short session during your drinks reception and then another 10-15 mins later in the day, ideally around sunset or in photographer talk ‘golden hour’!). If you guys aren’t comfortable in front of the camera, there is nothing worse than being dragged of for 30 mins plus in one sitting, so it’s always better to break into more manageable chunks.
Why not book a practice run?
If you’re keen to see what our relaxed wedding photography style looks like then why not book a pre wedding shoot? We always suggest a shoot like this to couples who are a little unsure in front of the camera as, ironically, the best thing for people who don’t like having their photo taken to do is – you guessed it – have their photo taken! Highly frustrating, we know! But take our word for it, it will really help, you will get used to seeing the camera and more importantly get used to how we work: super relaxed and unobtrusive making sure you guys are having a great time. And as an extra bonus, of course you will get some beautiful photos of you as a couple! To book a pre wedding shoot, why not get in touch?
We’re always here if you need us!
Honestly: if you ever want to talk through your nerves or anything you’re worried about, we’re only at the end of the phone or email. Part of our job is to put you at ease and we LOVE connecting with you guys as much as possible before your wedding because, let’s face it, the more relaxed you are, the more incredible your photos are going to be! Getting to know your photographer (the person who is going to spend more time with you on your wedding day than any other supplier!) is super important and the best way to do this is to chat!
Want to find out more about our relaxed wedding photography? We’d love to chat with you. Start the conversation by dropping us a message here.